13 days in California Itinerary

13 days in California Itinerary

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13 days in California Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  7 h
1
San Francisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Big Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Joshua Tree National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7 h 30 min
5
Wawona
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
6
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h
End: Washington DC

2
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge and then walk around Golden Gate Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, then make a trip to Lombard Street, then see the interesting displays at Musee Mecanique, and finally wander the streets of Chinatown.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read San Francisco trip itinerary planner .

Washington DC to San Francisco is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to San Francisco is minus 3 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Washington DC in February: high temperatures in San Francisco hover around 62°F and lows are around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Big Sur.

Things to do in San Francisco

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Big Sur

Big Sur ©
A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): admire the sheer force of McWay Falls, snap pictures at Bixby Bridge, then enjoy the sand and surf at Pfeiffer State Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, and finally stroll through Partington Cove.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Big Sur itinerary planning app .

You can drive from San Francisco to Big Sur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Big Sur are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Big Sur

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Pfeiffer State Beach ©
Pfeiffer State Beach
Partington Cove ©
Partington Cove
Bixby Bridge ©
Bixby Bridge

4
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Santa Monica Bay, Hollywood Sign, Hollywood Walk of Fame, and other attractions you added. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Anaheim (Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park). The adventure continues: look and learn at Griffith Observatory and take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Los Angeles planning tool .

You can fly from Big Sur to Los Angeles in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Big Sur in February, expect Los Angeles to be somewhat warmer, temps between 71°F and 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Joshua Tree National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Anaheim
Highlights from your plan
Disneyland Park ©
Disneyland Park
Disney California Adventure Park ©
Disney California Adventure Park
Griffith Observatory ©
Griffith Observatory

1
night
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Keys View, then appreciate the views at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, and then admire the natural beauty at Cholla Cactus Garden.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Joshua Tree National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Los Angeles in February since evenings lows in Joshua Tree National Park dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Wawona.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Keys View ©
Keys View
Cholla Cactus Garden ©
Cholla Cactus Garden

3
nights
Wawona

Wawona ©
Wawona is a census-designated place in Mariposa County, California. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): explore the activities along Mirror Lake/Meadow Trail. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Half Dome, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, and then take some stellar pictures from Yosemite, Tunnel View.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Wawona trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Joshua Tree National Park to Wawona takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In February in Wawona, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to San Francisco.

Things to do in Wawona

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yosemite National Park
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Half Dome ©
Half Dome
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove

1
night
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
On the 18th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay and then take some stellar pictures from Twin Peaks.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the San Francisco trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Wawona to San Francisco in 4 hours. Traveling from Wawona in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in San Francisco, with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

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